And Now for Something Serendipitously Different . . .

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

I generally don’t like to do two blog entries, in the same day, coming from one media source, since there’s truly a wide world of European on-line magazines, newspapers, and weblogs (that I can read and understand) out there. But oooh la la! – when I saw the link to this blog-entry – “The Women of Silicone”! – on the Libération website when researching my own Pervez Musharraf entry, I just thought you would want to know about it. As you can intuit already, it is definitely a change-of-pace!

The weblog itself, situated on the Libération servers, is called The 400 Asses: Planet Sex, Viewed and Recounted by Agnès Giard. (That’s “ass” as in “human rear end,” “bum” if you like,” not “horse-like beast of burden.” And that’s Agnès herself at the top-right, peering down into her web-camera – don’t you agree that she is trying to look as Japanese as she can?) And this entry that is entitled “The Women of Silicone” is a quite fascinating report – with pictures! but mostly just of faces – on the booming Japanese “love doll” industry. Yes, those life-sized, hyper-realistic feminine figures which, as Agnès relates, “millions of men buy, clothe, care for and . . . love.” (more…)

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